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Assessment: Patron Ahumado Tequila – Silver and Reposado

Assessment: Patron Ahumado Tequila – Silver and Reposado


Patron continues to experiment with smoke in its tequila lineup, the most recent being this pair of releases known as Patron Ahumado.

Created from agave piñas which are roasted with mesquite charcoal for seven days in underground stone pits, then crushed with a stone tahona wheel, the tequilas are primarily a departure from tequila’s conventional oven cooking. Cooking with wooden charcoal in underground pits? Why precisely are these releases not billed as mezcal, one wonders? Really, tequila is a subset of mezcal, so technically Ahumado also needs to be mezcal, the one actual distinction right here being that Patron Ahumado is made with blue Weber agave. Finally, one assumes that the nomenclature is strictly a difficulty of name identification somewhat than something to do with the manufacturing course of.

Two varieties are on supply, an unaged Silver expression and a frivolously aged Reposado. Let’s dig in.

NOM 1492.

Patron Ahumado Tequila Silver – Gently smoky on the nostril, it definitely comes throughout with mezcal on prime of thoughts, although arguably the lightest, gentlest mezcal you’ve ever tried. Touches of fruit cocktail maintain the aromatics full of life, with undertones of pepper and a dusky incense high quality rising stronger with time. The palate is equally mild and full of life, the barest trace of smoke current to tell a palate that leans heavy on the fruit: lemon and grapefruit, with some chocolate notes beneath. Crisp and spicy because it develops, the end evokes a lemon pepper high quality, gently sweetened with some agave nectar. Tequila followers inquisitive about mezcal will discover this a pure child step in that course, although hardcore mezcal drinkers are certain to search out this a lot too primary for his or her tastes. Higher to consider it as a really well-made tequila that has simply the barest smoke affect on it. 82 proof. A- / $70 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Patron Ahumado Tequila Reposado – Patron doesn’t point out the size of ageing, however the coloration is mild and the wooden affect is decidedly gentle. The nostril has nearly no remaining hint of the smoke used to roast the agave, providing a considerably sharper (regardless of a barely decrease abv) expertise that evokes purple pepper and pastoral grassiness. Peppery inexperienced agave turns into extra forceful with time in glass, but it surely stays fairly a light expertise. There’s a lot much less fruit right here than within the Silver, with contemporary agave notes, nearly aloe-like, dominating. Grassy and slightly inexperienced because it develops, some notes of bitter lemon peel are evident late within the recreation. The end is gently candy however once more punctuated with pepper and extra inexperienced agave notes, making for a lightweight however in any other case pretty simple, conventional reposado that actually doesn’t evoke smokiness in any respect — for higher or worse. 80 proof. B+ / $80 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]


Patron Ahumado Tequila Reposado




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